fearsome

[feer-suhm]
adjective
1.
causing fear: a fearsome noise.
2.
causing awe or respect: a fearsome self-confidence.
3.
afraid; timid.

Origin:
1760–70; fear + -some1

fearsomely, adverb
fearsomeness, noun

fearful, fearsome.
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fearsome (ˈfɪəsəm)
 
adj
1.  frightening
2.  timorous; afraid
 
'fearsomely
 
adv
 
'fearsomeness
 
n

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fearsome
1768, from fear + -some.
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Example sentences
Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths.
It must indeed have been a fearsome beast in close grapple.
In fact, it renders that condition fearsome, its prospect intolerable.
On the other hand it's a glimpse of a possible future in which science has
  solved a fearsome problem.
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